Ranking the 25 Players New York Jets Fans Hate Most
After everything they've been through over the years, Jets fans are an angry bunch. After watching their two rivals, both in their own division and in their own building square off in the Super Bowl, the tension has only risen for those who bleed green and white.
As a result, Jets fans have, in the not-so-healthiest way possible, vented their anger onto other players of all teams, including their own.
Not all of the players on this list are still active players, but their actions (or lack thereof) are still fresh in Jets fans' minds.
Here is a ranking of the top 25 players Jets fans hate most.
25. Ben Roethisberger
Big Ben has not done anything in particular to get on the bad side of Jets fans—except for that whole "knocking the Jets out of the Super Bowl" thing.
With the pain of that loss still fresh in the hearts of New Yorkers, Ben cracks this list at 25.
24. Lee Evans
In the 2011 AFC championship game, Joe Flacco lobbed a perfect pass to Evans in the corner of the end zone, and the ball just slipped through his hands.
The hate on Evans will eventually wear off, but for now, it's safe to say he won't be getting any tryouts with the team anytime soon.
23. Jerod Mayo
Like Green-Ellis, Mayo is far from being an outspoken player.
However, the constant comparisons between Mayo and his Jets' counterpart, David Harris, are frustrating to say the least. Fans of both teams will claim that their linebacker is the superior player, which leaves both mild-mannered men in the middle of the crossfire.
Most writers and analysts give attention to Mayo simply because the Patriots have won more games, but the truth is, Harris is at least as good as Mayo in all categories of playing inside linebacker.
22. Ray Lewis
This may just be a personal thing, but Ray Lewis is one player who just gets on my nerves.
Maybe it's the relentless ESPN montages that seem to get everyone pumped up (except for me) or just the fact that he leads the universe in assist tackles.
Perhaps, the straw that broke the camel's back was ranking him higher than Darrelle Revis on NFL Network's Top 100 list last year.
The fact that he's a symbol of the Ravens, who are starting to become rivals of the Jets, does not help his cause either.
21. Cameron Wake
No matter how bad the Dolphins are from year to year, they always seem to give the Jets a tough game, and Cameron Wake is largely responsible for that.
Last year, he abused Wayne Hunter and gave the Jets' offensive fits in both of their matchups.
After signing an extension with the Dolphins in May, Wake has a very good chance to move up this list as friction between him and the Jets intensifies over time.
20. Eli Manning
For being a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback who plays for the Giants, there's not a whole lot of hate for the reigning champ.
However, he's still the Giants' quarterback, and that means something, even if he did keep the Patriots from getting another Lombardi Trophy.
19. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
While Green-Ellis is not an outspoken player by any means, he has been very productive against the Jets, averaging one touchdown in every start against the Jets.
Green-Ellis is now a Cincinnati Bengal, which just about ends any hard feelings between the Jets and BenJarvus, especially since the Jets were interested in signing him this offseason.
At least, we don't have to ever again hear that horrific nickname announced twice a year.
18. Vince Wilfork
The only reason Wilfork is on this list is because Patriots fans adore him, especially after snatching a pair of interceptions last year.
Wilfork is the anti-Mangold; watching the two of them do battle twice a year is a sight to behold.
As fun as he is to watch against the Jets, New Yorkers have an obligation to hate things New Englanders like—except for Dunkin' Donuts.
17. Vontae Davis
As Jets fans know firsthand, confidence is hardly a bad thing. However, there's a definite difference between confidence and irrational talk.
Last August, Davis told the Sun Sentinel that he and Sean Smith comprised the best cornerback tandem in the game.
Not only is the Jets' tandem of Revis and Cromartie eons better than what Smith and Davis bring to the table, but there are at least four other tandems that I would have taken over the Miami pair.
Davis and Smith are a quality tandem in their own right, but claiming that they are the best corners in the game is as laughable as saying that Sanchez is a top-10 quarterback.
16. Nnamdi Asomugha
Whenever a big-time free agent spurns your team in favor of someone, it cuts deep. As a Devils fan, I just went through the experience as I watched Zach Parise leave for Minnesota.
After spending countless hours and every resource in the pursuit of Asomugha, at the 11th hour, Nnamdi elected to join the Eagles, who hardly even seemed like realistic contenders at the time.
Nnamdi turned down a chance to join Darrelle Revis and be a part of the best cornerback tandem in the game, perhaps, even in NFL history to join another team down I-95 South that also had a disappointing 8-8 season.
While Nnamdi certainly has a right to go wherever he pleases, these kinds of decisions always seem personal when the money offers are even.
15. Peyton Manning
The hatred for Peyton Manning is a relatively new phenomenon, which largely stems from the 2009 AFC Championship Game in which he single-handedley turned the momentum of the game into his favor to prevent the Jets from finally reaching the Super Bowl.
Rex Ryan may very well have his own voodoo doll of the man, since his only victory over Manning was in the 2010 Wild Card Playoffs.
The biggest reason why Manning is not higher on this list is because he has at least been a rival to Tom Brady. As they say: "My enemy's enemy is my friend."
14. Matthew Mulligan
Last year, the Jets' offense struggled to be explosive, to say the least. When the Jets did finally break open a big run or complete a long pass, Mulligan was there to bring everyone back down to earth with yet another holding penalty.
Mulligan had nine penalties on the season—an astounding number for a part-time player. Only one other player had more penalties than Mulligan in 2011. I'll give you a hint. He's another player higher on this list.
13. Brandon Marshall
During his short time as a Dolphin, Marshall was the most physical receiver in the division and gave the Jets fits whenever he played against them.
Last year, before the Monday night showdown between the two teams, Marshall suggested that he would try to provoke specific members of the Jets into getting into a fight in an effort to jump-start his struggling team:
I might get in a fight with Bart Scott. (Antonio) Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship and grew a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens, so we'll see.
Marshall may now be in Chicago and out of the division, but it's safe to say that he and the Jets never really got along.
12. Vernon Gholston
Arguably the biggest draft bust in Jets' history, Gholston failed to record a sack in the regular season in his four-year career.
Jets fans can only hope that their most recent first-round pick, Quinton Coples, can avoid the same fate.
11. Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski may not have any sound bites or specific actions taken against the Jets, but being the only person who has a chance of outmuscling Darrelle Revis to a jump ball, he has to be on this list.
With Revis, the Jets have the rare ability to take any player they want out of the game—with the exception of one player, who just so happens to play for the Patriots.
At least, he's being a bit rebellious against the Patriots' Soviet-esque approach of never having fun by doing all kinds of TV appearances and being a generally goofy guy on camera.
10. Osi Umenyiora
Osi Umenyiora has never been a man to keep what he has to say to himself, and he makes no exception when it comes to Jets.
Recently on NFL Network, he claimed that the Jets are not as focused on the Super Bowl as they claim to be:
They have a lot of things going on that a lot of people are interested in, and they’re more interested in that than us going out there and actually winning the Super Bowl.
Sure, the Jets have made a lot of headlines they probably don't need to make, but to suggest that winning a Super Bowl is not their top priority is ridiculous.
9. Victor Cruz
Not only was Cruz responsible for the 99-yard touchdown that changed the course of the Jets' season, but he was completely disrespectful toward the league's best defensive player in the days leading up to the game.
As Cruz told Rod Boone of Newsday, teams apparently were not afraid of Revis anymore:
Teams aren't really scared anymore. He's got to earn his money this year. Teams aren't really backing down. I feel like we're going to do the same thing.
Everyone knows how much garbage that statement is, as Revis' talents were on full display in the Giants' game. Revis was nowhere near the 99-yard touchdown that swung the momentum of the game; whoever he was covering was shut down, per usual.
For a team that prides itself on letting their play do the talking, they sure do a lot of talking.
8. Steve Johnson
As talented of a player as Johnson is, his antics against the Jets after his touchdown last season crossed the line.
Johnson not only made light of Plaxico Burress' gun incident that landed him in jail for three years, but he then proceeded to mimic a plane crash into the grass of the end zone.
While Johnson's intentions may have been all in good fun, evoking images of crashing planes is not exactly going to be well-received by New Yorkers for obvious reasons.
He's going to have to learn how to win before he takes the next step into "elite" status.
7. Eric Smith
Outside of getting beat by tight ends and slot receivers on a regular basis, Eric Smith has found himself on the wrong end on some of the season-changing plays that wound up ruining the Jets, such as the Tebow touchdown and the Victor Cruz catch-and-run.
However, Smith should be given some credit for playing through a torn meniscus for a good part of last season.
Still, Jets fans are just about done seeing No. 33 chasing after every receiver who catches a pass against the Jets.
6. Brett Favre
Within a few short years, Brett Favre has gone from being the NFL's darling to one of the most polarizing players in the sport, bringing Jets fans along for the ride.
Not only did Favre fail to deliver the Jets a playoff berth, but he went out in scandalous style after sending a series of "photos" to a Jets employee—Jenn Sterger.
Not only did the 2008 Jets squander an 8-3 record to fail to reach the postseason, Brett Favre seemed all too eager to jettison over to Minnesota—the team he originally wanted to play for.
Favre never seemed to feel comfortable in New York and clearly struggled to pick up a complicated Brian Schottenheimer offense.
While it was certainly surreal to see Favre ever wearing green and white, the whole episode simply did not end on a good note.
5. Wayne Hunter
By my understanding, this article headline is being used for multiple teams across this fine website. For all of these lists being made, I am not sure how many of them have, as LeBron James would say, not one, not two, not three, but four of their own players on the list.
Hunter was the worst Jet on the team last year. His struggles at right tackle turned Sanchez into a frightened schoolgirl as the season progressed.
The fact that the Jets have done almost nothing to rectify the situation only feeds our distaste for the embattled right tackle.
4. Deion Branch
It's one thing to mock Rex Ryan for his mouth or Mark Sanchez for his Sanchezness, but once you go after Fireman Ed, you have crossed the line.
Branch, the least-talented player on the Pariots offense, had the audacity to do such a thing after scoring a touchdown against the Jets last year.
Jets fans hope he enjoys Brandon Lloyd taking his job next year while he rides either the waiver wire or the bench.
3. Wes Welker
Not only has Welker shredded the Jets defense a time or two, but he took a (hilarious) step over the line when he made incognito shots at Rex Ryan at a press conference before the AFC divisional playoffs.
While I give the man a ton of credit for not laughing throughout the entire presser, which included a lot of creative uses of foot-related words, the Jets got the last laugh, beating the 14-2 Patriots and advancing to the AFC title game.
2. Brandon Jacobs
We're well aware that Rex Ryan draws a fair amount of critics, and his coaching style does not rub off well against others.
I told him I’ll punch him in his face.
He continued with this bomb:
I think we had more fans in the stadium than they did, and that’s the way it was supposed to be because it’s Giants Stadium ... aka MetLife stadium
The whole Giants Stadium inferiority complex hits close to home for Jets fans. To bring up something like that after a crushing defeat...not cool—not cool at all.
1. Tom Brady
No man, perhaps in the history of the Jest franchise, is more hated than Mr. Tom Brady.
Not only has he led our division rivals to the mountaintop three times in his illustrious career, but he has done it all in the city that is in constant competition with New York in just about everything—Boston.
Throw in the fact that he has a supermodel girlfriend and a bazillion dollars and Tom Brady is a very easy person to have negative feeling towards.
Even back in 2008, when the Jets were able to beat the Patriots in their own building on a Thursday night, it never felt quite the same without Mr. Brady on the other side.
As hard as it was to watch the Giants win yet another Super Bowl this year, Jets fans can at least take solace in the fact that Tom Terrific was denied yet another title.